It’s National Coffee Month, and we’d like to celebrate by taking a trip around the world with a list of easy-to-make and accessible coffee recipes from all around the globe Have some guests over to sample them all, or choose a favorite to introduce to a small group of coffee-lovers.
Turkish coffee, or turška kava, is exceedingly popular in Eastern Europe, with a very long history of import and modification through the centuries. In fact, some of Turkey’s neighbours, like Slovenia and Serbia, drink more of the beverage (in their own version, of course) than the average Turk does.
To mix your own easy, homemade turška kava, you’ll want to follow:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of ground coffee, extra fine
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom, a local spice readily available in grocery stores
- Sugar, to taste
- Boil water and sugar in an ibrik (an ibrik is a small Turkish coffee maker, but a small saucepan will do just fine)
- Remove from heat and pour in coffee with cardamom
- Heat mixture to a boil once more
- Once foaming begins, remove from heat
- Repeat steps 3 and 4
- Pour into a cup and sit mixture for 3-5 minutes
Turška kava brings an unfamiliar taste, but a good helping of kava may be just what you’ve been looking for.
Germany is a land of classical music, beautiful architecture, and world-class carpentry. The European nation is also one of the world’s largest consumers of coffee, averaging 1 ½ cups a day! Coffee is so ingrained in their culture that, in fact, Bach composed an opera known in English as The Coffee Cantata.
Eiskaffee is very simple to make. Here’s a recipe from HeatherFeather showing what you’ll need:
- 1- 2 scoops of quality vanilla ice cream
- 1 chilled cup of strong, brewed coffee
- ½ – ¾ cup of whipped cream, sweetened to taste
- Grated sweet chocolate as garnish
- Wafer cookies
- Place ice cream into a tall drinking glass
- Add coffee to fill about ¾ the glass
- Completely cover to the rim with whipped cream
- Sprinkle with chocolate and stick a wafer cookie near the edge
Although the traditional recipe calls for sweetened chocolate as garnish. Mint, strawberry, nuts—the sky is the limit! Eiskaffe is best served with a long spoon, a straw, and couple of your good friends.
Explore even more of the world’s coffee with some Jamaican coffee. Although not particularly known as a land of coffee, its recipes are no less scrumptious. Sue Lau’s Caribbean mix on Food.com calls for an ounce of alcohol mixed in to bring warmth on a chilly day.
- 1 ounce of dark Jamaican rum
- 1 ounce of Kahlua (visit a grocery for this readily available ingredient)
- 6 ounces of hot coffee
- Whipped cream
- Ground Jamaican peppers (but regular peppers will do fine)
- Pour rum into a glass or mug
- Pour hot coffee carefully
- Apply a generous layer of whipped cream
- Sprinkle with ground peppers.
Jamaican coffee is very well suited to warm you up on a cold afternoon.
Use these recipes and other recipes you might find to experience National Coffee Month in a fresh and exciting way—all from the comforts of your own home. Prepare delicious blends for your family and friends, and enjoy each mug like it’s a trip around the world.
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